Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

More tips to get started

  • Get a friend involved and make exercise social and regular
  • Take classes at the gym, it can be easier to stay motivated when others are involved
  • Get off the bus or train early and walk the last few blocks home
  • Plan outings and social activities that involve physical activity (like hiking, swimming etc)
  • Get out with your kids and play in the park or go for regular bike rides
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Exercise is an important part of leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Regular physical activity not only energizes your body, improving your vitality - it can play a major role in reducing the risk of lifestyle related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.

The American Heart Foundation and other leading authorities recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, most days of the week.

Daily benefits of an active lifestyle include:

  • A boost in energy levels
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Increases muscle strength and core stability, increasing your ability to do other activities
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels
  • Releases tension helping you manage stress
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood circulation

Getting started takes motivation. Try these tips to get you started on the track toward a more active daily lifestyle:

  • Make exercise a daily habit.
  • As little as half an hour of exercise a day can improve your overall health. Remember exercise does not have to be vigorous, a brisk walk is great for your health.
  • Aerobic activities like walking, running and swimming help keep your heart healthy.
  • If you can’t commit to daily exercise, try splitting it up into manageable chunks of time. Short walks, taking the stairs and physical movement throughout your day can add up.
  • Remember that successful weight loss depends on burning more energy than you consume. So take every opportunity throughout your day to be active.